The month of October has always been a fun time for TV viewers, as Halloween episodes of our favorite sitcoms conjure up ghoulish comedy. This year, there seems to be a shortage of shows bringing Halloween to the tube, though viewers can tune to The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, New Girl and Pretty Little Liars this week for a treat.
Here's a quick look at what's in store for TV viewers over the coming days, leading up to the Halloween Night on October 31st.
Pretty Little Liars
But first things first. In Pretty Little Liars' Halloween special episode, called "A Dark Ride", we get to see musician Adam Lambert in the role of a Halloween train performer. MTV has already dubbed this episode as one of the most anticipated Halloween specials of 2012, so don't forget to tune in on ABC on October 23rd at 8 PM, if you don't want to miss it.
The Modern Family cast does not disappoint, and is donning some freaky costumes for this year's special Halloween episode. On top of that, Claire is forced to tone down her sexy attire and to keep it "kid-friendly", Mitch and Cam host a costume party, Lily wonders who her real mother is and quick-tempered Gloria is struggling with her pregnancy hormones. To see it all and more, don't miss "Open House of Horrors", on October 24 at 9 PM on ABC.
The Big Bang Theory
In The Big Bang Theory's "Holographic Excitation", Raj becomes Stuart's Halloween party planner, and Howard, who has just returned from space, can't stop making space references. Stuart's party takes place at his comic bookstore, where he and Bernadette show up wearing smurf costumes. This special Halloween episode airs at 8:00 Eastern Time and 7:00 Central Time on October 25 on CBS.
See the New Girl crew all dressed up for Halloween in the upcoming special, scheduled to air at 9 PM on October 30 on FOX. Jess puts on a zombie costume and finds work at a haunted house, while Winston has to deal with relationship trouble, Nick meets an old acquaintance, and Schimdt and Cece turn up in unintentionally matching Halloween costumes, much to their dismay.
The Classic Movie Channel's Night of Classic Horror
If you're more into classics, then get ready for a real scare with TCM's Night of Classic Horror, every Wednesday, from 8 PM to 6 AM. This week will feature plenty of popular oldies from the '60s and '40s, like Murders In The Rue Morgue, The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, Spirits of the Dead and Dead Men Walk. On Halloween Night, TCM will be on a horror classic marathon, airing Halloween specials from 7 AM to 6:30 PM, including titles like House Of Dark Shadows, The Wolf Man, The Last Man On Earth, Dementia 13, The Body Snatcher, Repulsion, and much more.
America Movie Classic's Fearfest
In contrast to TCM's classic titles, AMC's Fearfest runs for 19 consecutive days, having started on October 13, and features over 70 thrillers and horror films, all in celebration of Halloween. Some of the highly anticipated upcoming movies for next weekend include various installments from popular series, such as Halloween, Pet Semetary, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Friday The 13th. On October 31st, viewers will be able to watch the entire Halloween series, with the exception of Halloween: Season of the Witch.
Halloween on Disney
Good news for kids, as the Disney Channel will continue their Monstober Halloween special program, until the very Halloween night, and will be featuring Halloween-themed episodes of "Gravity Falls", "A.N.T. Farm" and "Good luck, Charlie", among other popular shows.
Halloween on SyFy Channel
The Syfy channel has dedicated the entire month of October to celebrating Halloween, and will be featuring several well-loved horror series, such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Saw, and From Dusk Till Dawn. ABC Family has already started their 13 Night of Halloween yearly program with classics like Hocus Pocus and the Adams Family. In fact, Hocus Pocus is scheduled to run two consecutive times On October 31st.
What are some of your favorite Halloween episodes on TV?